We work across the defence sector to continuously develop products and technologies that deliver operational advantage to our customers (space agencies, governments and various military forces around the world). Our dynamic teams of scientists, engineers, and technologists collaborate across disciplines to design solutions and definitely to optimise safety and performance, reduce costs and save lives. As examples, we develop high strength trasparent ceramics (Mg-Al spinels) for protective windows and transparent polycrystalline garnet (Yb:YAG) laser sources (Valentina Biasini), ceramic lightweight ballistic armors for personal protection (Diletta Sciti), and metallic and non-metallic nanoparticles for innovative respiratory filters (Monica Sandri). With a focus on research and new technologies, we are one of Europe’s leading governmental centre working closely with the ESA and other national and international agencies on ground-breaking projects which continue to push the boundaries of thermal protections structures for the next generation hypersonic space vehicles (Frederic Monteverde).